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Ezekiel 33 (Lexham English Bible)

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Ezekiel Appointed as a Watchman and His Responsibility

1 And the word of Yahweh {came}a to me, {saying},b 2 "Son of man,c speak to {your people},d and you must say to them, 'A land, if I bring over it a sword and the people of the land take a man, one from their number, and they appoint him for them as a watchman, 3 and he sees the sword coming against the land, and he blows on the horn and he warns the people, 4 and {anyone who listens}e hears the sound of the horn and {he does not take warning}f and [the] sword comes and it takes him, his blood will be on his [own] head. 5 [For] he heard the sound of the horn and he did not take warning; his blood will be on him. But [if] he took warning, he saved his life. 6 And [as for] the watchman, if he sees the sword coming and {he does not blow}g the horn, and the people [are] not warned, and [the] sword comes and it takes {their lives},h he will be taken through his guilt, but his blood from the hand of the watchman I will seek.' 7 "And you, son of man,i I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; if you hear a word from my mouth, then you must warn them from me. 8 {When I say}j to the wicked, 'Wicked [one], you will certainly die,' and you {did not speak}k to warn [the] wicked from his way, he, [the] wicked, will die by his guilt, but his blood I will seek from your hand. 9 But, you, if you warn [the] wicked from his way, to turn from it, and {he does not turn}l from his way, he will die by his guilt, and you will have saved your life. 10 "And you, son of man,m say to the house of Israel, {saying},n 'So you said, {saying},o "Indeed, our transgressions and our sins [are] on us, and because of them we [are] rotting, and how can we live?" ' 11 Say to them, '{As I live},'p {declares}q the Lord Yahweh, '{Surely I have no delight}r in the death of the wicked, {except}s in [the] wicked returning from his way, and he lives. Turn back! Turn back from your ways, O evil [ones], for why should you die, house of Israel?' 12 "Sot you, son of man,u say to {your people}v [that] the righteousness of the righteous shall not save him in the day of his transgression, and the wickedness of the wicked {will not cause him to stumble}w on the day of his returning from his wickedness; and [the] righteous will not be able to live by it on the day when he returns to his sin. 13 When I say to the righteous, 'Certainly he will live,' and he trusted inx his righteousness, and he [turns and he] does injustice, all of his righteousnessy will not be remembered, and because of his injustice that he did, because of it he will die. 14 And when I say to the wicked, 'Certainly you will die,' butz he returns from his sin and he does justice and righteousness-- 15 [for example], [the] wicked returns a pledge for a loan, he restores {stolen property},aa he goes in the statutes of life [so as] not to do injustice--certainly he will live; he will not die. 16 All of his {sins that he committed},bb they will not be remembered againstcc him, and he did justice and righteousness; certainly he will live. 17 "Yetdd {your people}ee say, 'The way of the Lord is not fair!' [yet] their way is not fair. 18 When [the] righteous turns from his righteousness and does injustice, then he will die {because of it}.ff 19 And when the wicked turns from his wickedness, and he does justice and righteousness, because of itgg {he will certainly live}!hh 20 Yet you said, 'The way of the Lord is not fair!' I will judge you, house of Israel, each [person] according to his ways." 21 {And then}ii it was in {the twelfth}jj year, in the tenth [month], on the fifth [day] of the month of our exile, a survivor from Jerusalem came to me, {saying},kk "The city was destroyed!" 22 And the hand of Yahweh was on me on the evening {before}ll the coming of the survivor, and he opened my mouth {before the survivor came to me in the morning},mm and my mouth was opened, and I was {no longer}nn dumb.oo 23 And the word of Yahweh {came}pp to me, {saying},qq 24 "Son of man,rr the inhabitants of these ruins on the soil of Israel [are] saying, 'Abraham was one [man], and he took possession of the land, and we [are] many; the land has been given forss us as [a] possession.' 25 Therefore say to them, 'Thus says the Lord Yahweh: "You eat blood [in your meat], and you raise your eyes to your idols and you pour out blood, and [yet] you want to take possession of the land?tt 26 You rely on your sword, you do a detestable thing, and {each man defiles}uu the wife of his neighbor, and [yet] you want to take possession of the land?" 'vv 27 "Thus you must say to them, 'Thus says the Lord Yahweh: "{As I live},ww {surely}xx whoever [is] in the ruins, by the sword they will fall, and whoever [is] on the surface of the open field, I will give him to the animalsyy to eat him, and whoever [is] in the stronghold and in the cave, they will die by the plague. 28 And I will make the land [a] desolation and [a] wasteland, and the pride of its strength will come to an end, and the mountains of Israel will be desolate {with no one traveling through them}." 'zz 29 And they will know that I [am] Yahweh when I make my land [a] desolation and [a] wasteland, because of all of their detestable things that they have done. 30 "And you, son of man,52 {your people},53 the ones talking together concerning you beside the walls and in the doorways of the houses, each one with his brother {saying},54 'Please come and hear what [is] the word {that is going out from Yahweh}.'55 31 And they come to you {as people do},56 and they sit {before you},57 and my people hear your words, and they do not do them, for they [are] showing58 passion in their mouth, but their heart [is] going after ill-gotten gain. 32 Now, look! You [are] to them like {a sensual song},59 beautiful of voice and {played well on an instrument},60 and they hear your words, {but they are not doing them}.61 33 So62 {when it comes},63 look! It is coming! And [then] they will know that a prophet was in the midst of them."
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